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Anthony Hamilton

A soul singer who drew comparisons to such classic vocalists as Bill Withers and Bobby Womack, Anthony Hamilton struggled for the better part of the 1990s as two of his albums went unreleased. While he didn't always get the label support his talent deserved, Hamilton established himself during the 2000s as one of the rawest, most singular, and relatable voices in R&B. He did so while racking up several Top Ten R&B albums and a handful of Grammy nominations.

The Charlotte, North Carolina native got his start at age ten in his church's choir. As a teenager, he progressed by performing solo at various nightclubs and talent shows. In 1993, while in his early twenties, he moved to New York City, where he signed with André Harrell's Uptown Records, a major source of the new jack swing sound and home to artists such as Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. By 1995, Uptown was set to push Hamilton's debut album, but the company went out of business, leaving the album unreleased.

Hamilton moved to Uptown parent label MCA and was finally able to release that debut album, XTC, in 1996. Only one song, "Nobody Else," was released as a single. It peaked at number 63 on Billboard's R&B chart, and the disc quickly disappeared from view. Another transitional period followed. Hamilton joined Soulife, an upstart venture run by some of his old Charlotte friends. While there, he laid down tracks for another solo album and wrote songs for Donell Jones and Sunshine Anderson. In 2000, he accepted an invitation to sing backup vocals on D'Angelo's Voodoo tour and traveled the world. Upon returning home, Hamilton discovered that Soulife had also gone belly up.

With a second album unreleased, Hamilton spent the next two years selling songs and singing backup for artists including 2Pac and Eve. Then, in 2002, a lead spot singing on the Nappy Roots track "Po' Folks" gave Hamilton some much-needed attention, as the song was nominated for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2003 Grammy Awards. A subsequent gig performing at a Grammy luncheon led to a meeting with producer Jermaine Dupri, who signed the singer to his So So Def label. Technically his fourth album, Comin' from Where I'm From bowed for So So Def in 2003 and featured "Charlene," a classic-sounding Southern soul ballad. Co-written and produced by Mark Batson, it reached number three on the R&B chart. In 2005, some of Hamilton's Soulife recordings were dusted off and polished for release as Soulife, and Ain't Nobody Worryin', a new set, followed later in the year. It was Hamilton's third consecutive Top Ten R&B album. Southern Comfort, released in 2007, was another compilation of previously unreleased recordings.

The Point of It All, a proper studio release, was issued near the end of 2008. It was overshadowed by Hamilton's contribution to Al Green's "You've Got the Love I Need," which won a 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance -- that is, until the following Grammy ceremony, when the set received a nomination for Best Traditional R&B Album, with two of its songs also nominated in separate categories. Back to Love, which featured three songs co-written with Babyface, followed in 2011 and went Top Ten R&B as well. Although he didn't release another proper studio album for several years, he added to his already considerable quantity of high-profile collaborations with guest appearances on tracks by Big K.R.I.T., Nas, and Rick Ross. Additionally, he contributed to the Django Unchained soundtrack. Released in 2016, What I'm Feelin' reunited the singer with Mark Batson. ~ Matt Collar & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Back To Love (Deluxe Version)

1. Back To Love

2. Writing On The Wall

3. Woo

4. Pray For Me

5. Best Of Me

6. Never Let Go

7. Mad

8. I'll Wait (To Fall In Love)

9. Sucka For You

10. Baby Girl

11. Who's Loving You

12. Life Has A Way

13. Broken Man

14. I'm Ready

15. Fair In Love

16. More Than Enough

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Track List: The Point Of It All

1. The News

2. Cool

3. The Day We Met

4. Diamond In The Rough

5. I Did It For Sho

6. Hard To Breathe

7. Soul's On Fire

8. Please Stay

9. The Point Of It All

10. Fallin' In Love

11. Prayin' For You / Superman

12. Her Heart

13. Fine Again

14. She's Gone

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Track List: Southern Comfort (Explicit)

1. They Don't Know

2. Magnolia's Room

3. Why

4. Don't Say What You Won't Do

5. Glad U Called

6. Fallin In Love Again

7. Trouble

8. Never Give Up

9. Better Love

10. Please

11. Sailin Away

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Track List: Southern Comfort

1. They Don't Know

2. Magnolia's Room

3. Why

4. Don't Say What You Won't Do

5. Glad U Called

6. Fallin In Love Again

7. Trouble

8. Never Give Up

9. Better Love

10. Please

11. Sailin Away

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Track List: Ain't Nobody Worryin'

1. Where Did It Go Wrong?

2. Southern Stuff

3. Can't Let Go

4. Ain't Nobody Worryin'

5. The Truth

6. Preacher's Daughter (feat. Tarsha McMillian)

7. Pass Me Over

8. Everybody

9. Sista Big Bones

10. Change Your World

11. Never Love Again

12. I Know What Love's All About

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Track List: Soul Life

1. I Used To Love Someone

2. I Cry

3. Clearly

4. Georgie Parker

5. Day Dreamin'

6. Ball And Chain

7. Ol' Keeper

8. Love And War (feat. Macy Gray) (Live)

9. Last Night (feat. Sunshine Anderson & Dolo Pichino)

10. Love is so complicated

11. Icing On The Cake

12. Exclusively

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Track List: Comin' From Where I'm From

1. Mama Knew Love

2. Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens

3. Since I Seen't You

4. Charlene

5. I'm A Mess

6. Comin From Where I'm From

7. Better Days

8. Lucille

9. Float

10. My First Love (feat. LaToiya Williams)

11. Chyna Black

12. I Tried

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Track List: Amen (Single)

1. Amen

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Track List: I'm Cool (Radio Single)

1. I'm Cool

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Track List: What I'm Feelin'

1. Save Me

2. Ain't No Shame

3. What I'm Feelin' (Feat. TheHamilTones)

4. Amen

5. I Want You

6. Never Letting Go

7. Grateful

8. Walk In My Shoes

9. Take You Home

10. Still

11. Ever Seen Heaven

12. Love Is An Angry Thing

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Track List: Woo (Single)

1. Woo

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A.I.D.S.
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Raw talent one of the best.
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Love this song, Anthony's sound is evolving -it is like a fine gem, sparking brighter and flawless
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I love this song!!!!!
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The good song Anthony Hamilton and I love you
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Man this song really hits home. Gotta let it go.
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I love anything Anthony Hamilton releases, he is very talented and from North Carolina. My prompts go to you. Keep on keeping on.
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Raw talent.
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this man is Anointed
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Oh Anthony....u r the best
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I'M SO IN LOVE WITH THIS GUY ANTHONY HAMILTON IS ONE OF THE BEST R&B SINGERS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD.
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I love Anthony Hamilton his style is so old school . He touches my hear����
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These people are so good
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Love me some anthony�����
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Just what you need to cure a stressful day !
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Luv " Charlene"
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Sing honey!!
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I love Anthony Hamilton. All of his songs are Beautiful, especially giving you the best of me.
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Love this song
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Can't say I was a fan since day one. But ever since his awesome performance on American Gangster I've been a huge fan since
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Underrated
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Beautiful song, Anthony is sooo gifted!
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zynakobie
When you ready to be my King let me know
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Awesome Voice, Truly Talented....
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He really needs to hear this. Love Anthony Hamilton
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keelaym2
I just really listened and I heard Babyface on the background vocals. I fell in love with his voice in 2002 when he song with Nappy Roots.
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Lyrics say it all , love it.........
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Anthony Hamilton just sings each and every song with such passion and sincerity... w h e n he sings his music always tells a story...love him!!
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marnold3093
Clearly is an awesome song! Gotta love Ant!
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Love Love Love Anthony!!!!
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One of the most beautiful songs ever....PASS ME OVER!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Love this song. To have someone feel like that about you.....YESS S S S S ! !
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My morning cup of coffee...Ant h o n y Hamilton
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Love me some Anthony Hamilton ��
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His voice is so peaceful yet soulful. I love it
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...if you catch me sleeping.... . d o n ' t wake me just...Pass Me Over.
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I love the whole album, nice and mellow.
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i love this song
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My fav ��
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Ultimate favorite song by Anthony Hamilton
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Beautiful SONG
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I love Anthony Hamilton.. Its songs really mean something
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OMG....Antho n y Hamilton baby you is a bad boy im in love with you music
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Luv ur music ��
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Love all your music❤️
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lizabdiaz
LET IT GO!!!!!!YOU ARE FUNNY!!BUT YOUR NOT MY HONEY!!
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Amazing
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Lay your burdens down.....if you catch me sleeping...j u s t Pass Me Over, leave me be!!
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